Archive for the ‘Carbon’ Category

My most recent article for the World Rainforest Movement Bulletin is now posted on chrislang.org. There was so much wrong with the report that the FAO commissioned, it was difficult to know where to start.

How FAO helps greenwash the timber industry’s greenhouse gas emissions

The FAO uses tax payers’ money to promote the timber and pulp and paper industries.

By Chris Lang. Published in WRM Bulletin 157, August 2010

Faced with greenhouse gas emissions at every stage of the production chain, the timber industry has a choice. It could look at reducing emissions. Or it could attempt to greenwash its operations, in effect attempting to evade responsibility. Perhaps not surprisingly, given its record, the industry is opting for the latter.

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A group of US NGOs has written to the Senate Committee on Finance to demand action on stopping the massive tax rebate to pulp and paper companies, which are supposed to be for using “alternative fuels” but in the case of the paper industry are for business as usual.
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The paper industry often claims to be green. This story from the US reveals that the paper industry has one goal above everything else: making a profit. The environment is irrelevant to the industry, provided that goal is met.
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Inform recently produced “The Secret Life of Paper”. The video promises to answer the questions, “How is paper production related to forest destruction and global warming?” and “Why is recycling and buying recycled paper important?”
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This, according to the UN Framework Climate Change Convention, is clean development:

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